A quote worth being noted by many Western institutions and governments, not excluding the European Commission:
No government or local or external actor can claim to support genuine democratic change while disengaging from dissidents at best and quietly undermining them at worst.
It is, however, dissidents—monks, civilians, student activists, labor activists, ex-army men, ethnic resistance fighters and so on—who have risked life and limb to keep their uphill battle for real change going against all odds and pressurize the paranoid regime by their mere existence and their refusal to capitulate.
If dissidents didn’t matter why would the regime keep several thousands of these citizens locked up and push thousands more into permanent exile?
Building the capacity of Burma’s so-called civil society and the presence of humanitarian INGOs are valuable and to be welcomed, but neither is a substitute for a political struggle.
Read the full commentary/analysis here: Six Reasons to Welcome US Support for War Crimes Probe